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How To Plant A Wild Flower Container

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One of my favourite things to do in summer is to get out in the garden and have a refresh of all the pots and planters. This year I have seen a huge garden trend of wild flower planters which I LOVE!! They immediately add impact to your garden and I think they would be perfect to add some colour to a patio garden.

Last year we picked up this big wooden planter box from B&Q to grow veg in but we decided this year not to grow veg so it was sitting there empty and I thought this would be the perfect planter for the job!

We went to our local garden centre and picked up a mix of perennial plants which works well together. Each garden centre has a different selection of plants so stick to a simple colour palette and make sure they are all perennials. The great thing about this wild flower look is you can mix different types of perennials to create a really interesting aesthetic.

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I have lost all the tags for the plants (silly me😂) and I have been searching online to find the names of the plants but I could only find a few.

Plants I used

Astilbe Pink
Lupine
Delphinium aurora deep purple
Beacon Silver Dead Nettle
Cosmos Flower Pink
Sea Holly

Some of my top tips for planting

  • Line your planter with a container liner. This will not only protect the planter if it is wood but will also give the plants a strong growing base.
  • Stick to a simple 2-3 colour palette
  • Mix different heights and textures. Set some taller plants to the back and have some low ground cover plants which with fill out the planter.
  • Always position your plants in your container first to see where you want them before planting.
  • Water your plant 30 mins before planting.  Also water them after planting.
  • Plant in good quality compost.

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DIY Copper Guttering Strawberry Planter

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I don’t know about you but one of my favourite things about summer is STRAWBERRIES!! Last year we had a go at growing them and it didn’t really work out. So this year I was determined to grow them again and to get lots of delicious sweet strawberries. I also thought it would be the perfect time to create a little DIY planter for them as why not have them looking good as well as tasting good. I went straight to Pinterest and looked up different ways you can grow strawberries. I had seen people using guttering on the wall to grow lettuce and I thought this would be perfect for strawberries as they would be at the perfect picking height!

All the pictures of the guttering planters I was looking at showed them with the original plastic colour which is white or black but I didn’t think that it was very attractive so I decided to figure out a way to paint them without having to do anything complicated. Thank goodness for the internet as I found out that using sand paper is a simple way to help spray paint adhere to plastic and it worked perfectly!! The planter is now hanging proudly on the fence in our garden centre stage. I am so so…so…so happy with how it turned out!! Obviously you don’t have to plant strawberries as you can use this as you would a hanging basket and pack it full of colourful plants. If you have a small garden or don’t have planting space in the ground this is the perfect way to add some life and colour to your garden space. Also having fruit or veg growing on the wall prevents pests like slugs and anything else that might take a liking to the strawberries.
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The Easiest Summer Picnic Canopy DIY

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Last weekend was so beautiful and sunny, so the family and I decide to have a lazy weekend gardening and diying. I love picnics and thought why not have a garden picnic. So I made a little DIY canopy tent, which was probably the cutest thing I have ever made!! The picnic really rounded off the perfect summer day. I made the tent really comfy by adding some squishy cushions and a little cuddly animal … because why not!! I also added a soft grey blanket, which was originally a throw and it made the perfect picnic blanket. The little canopy would be perfect for a kid’s summer party as well as a picnic. I raided our party box to see what decorations I could find and I hit the party jackpot with the gorgeous honeycomb balls and felt garlands. This picnic canopy really brought out my inner child. I remember having such lovely picnics with my family when I was younger.

I made a huge jug of iced lemon, lime and cucumber water; it is so refreshing on a hot day – we went though it so quickly. I sliced some yummy local tomatoes up to go with my sandwich that I made with some barbecued sausages and spinach in crunchy fresh French bread – it was so delicious!!! Now it’s time for the super easy DIY canopy …

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Fun And Colourful DIY Planter

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The other day I was out in the studio and found some terracotta pots I bought a while ago and decided to give them a little fun make over. As you probably already know I absolutely love house plants but sometime I just put them in a plain pot and it doesn’t really add anything to the room. So I wanted to create something which would add a bit of fun, colour and pattern. Don’t be afraid to mix colours and prints with accessories you add to your space, it will leave you with an interesting space which will be to unique to you. So now it’s time for this very easy and simple DIY!!READ MORE

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Garden Project-Growing Sweet Peas

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Last year we tried and failed to grow a good crop of sweet peas so my mum and I decided this year we are going to start early on try to grow them. Last year we used sweet peas which had already been growing and trained up a bamboo wigwam and were not young seedling IMG_7235plants like we have used this time. When we planted them last time we didn’t put enough string up the bamboo to support them so it stunted their growth and they didn’t produce as many flowers as they normally do . Also we didn’t cut them regularly enough which didn’t help. I think we were very unlucky last year as sweet peas are known for being very easy to grow but sometimes you just have a bad specimen of plant and bad luck. Sweet peas are beautiful and smell amazing. Also they are relatively easy to grow and maintain which is why they are so popular. Here are a few things we have learnt which will help you successfully grow the perfect sweet peas.

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We used young seedling plants which we bought from our garden centre. We picked up mixed colours but you can get a variety of single colours too. We planted ours straight into the ground but you can buy other varieties for hanging baskets and containers. We created a wigwam using bamboo and string for the sweet peas to wrap around and grow up; you can also grow them up trellis. You will want to criss-cross the string up and around the bamboo quite a way up as the sweet peas will grow quickly once they get started.READ MORE

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4 Simple DIY Succulent Party Favour Ideas

IMG_7482copyIMG_7467At the end of a party or event it is really nice to send your guest off with a little gift and I think it is nice to give something which they can keep, not just leave somewhere and never look at it again. These little trinket gifts are so cute and can be completely tailored to what you want. I am so in love with how they have turned out! I now have so many succulents around the house; you can plant them in absolutely anything!!
I went around to a few places to find some little pots to put them in. The best places I found were gifts shops. I used tea light holders and even little bowls. All the pots I bought were between £2-£3, which if you are having a small gathering is ok, but you can source things like I have found wholesale if you are having a bigger event to make it so much more cost effective.

They are so simple to make but a little messy because I keep spilling all the compost everywhere…which is typical me!! If you are like me and are not having a party any time soon you can make them for friends or family and what I like to do is keep them all to myself and fill our house with them…I definitely think I have a house plant obsession!!
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Beautiful DIY Indoor Succulent Garden

Do you love succulents…? Me too. They are about the only house plan I haven’t been able to kill. I went to a few of my favourite local garden centres to find a mixture of different succulents and I came up with a little unique planting idea for them. I also bought my  first  ever cactus. I  have always been to scared to buy them as they look so prickly but I couldn’t resist this baby one with the beautiful flowers on the top. I did have to wear gloves when planting the cactus otherwise I would have been left with spikes in my hands… which is not fun!! We are using this little indoor garden as a table centre piece at the moment but it will fit anywhere in your house as long as there is some light. This is so simple to make and would make a perfect house warming gift for someone or a unique decoration for your house.newIMG_6883 IMG_6895

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Finding Colour In Winter

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This week I took a short trip down to Essex to visit my auntie. She really wanted to take me to her gardeners club as we both love gardening and plant. Also they have the biggest selection of plants which was amazing. I was surprised at the amount of colourful plants there are during winter time. Normally, during winter, most people don’t venture out into the garden much and most gardens look very bare and colourless but you can simply add a few decorative pots or hanging winter baskets to bring some colour and life back into your garden.

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I found these gorgeous ‘baby blue’ spruce trees. I have never seen anything like these before they are the perfect plant to bring some colour into the garden for winter.

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I absolutely love using bedding plants during winter as they add an instant burst of colour. My favourites are winter pansies as they are just so cute and dainty especially the mini ones.READ MORE

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Get The Perfect Spring Garden

Why I Love Gardening?

 I think gardening is good for the soul being out in the fresh air enjoying the sun (not that we get much of it in the UK).Understanding nature is a big thing for me I want to be able to learn from my surroundings. The garden for me is a great stress release and a good work out. Gardening should be something all ages take part in and enjoy, I love the spring because it is the perfect time to get out in the garden and get rid of all the winter weeds. We want our space to be a fun social place which we can enjoy with our family getting the best out of the space we have. Often there is a misconception amongst young people that gardening isn’t cool and only granny’s garden, so now all of our gardens are a dumping ground for our rubbish we don’t want in the house leaving the gardens looking tired and sad.

I have been looking for some modern and unique way to have my garden this year, we moved house recently so it the perfect time to change it up a bit. I think gardens are a difficult thing to navigate being a beginner so I focus on using easy to maintain plants which mean I don’t have to worry about them in the winter  and they  looks after themselves .One thing I do love though is my plant  pots I have so many in the garden. I want to show you some fun, easy ways to plant your pots this spring bringing the life back into your patio or garden. Any age or ability can do this you just need to make time and most of all enjoy it!

Why not recycle your old cans and spray paint them, drill some holes in the bottom to let the water out and plant them up. You could even make them into hanging planters by drilling to holes in each side then loop rope through. Use plants which can cope with cramped conditions like pansies or daffodils.

24 Creative Garden Container Ideas | Tin can planters!

I love succulents and I think this succulent wall is an amazing idea to add a feature on a plain fence somewhere.
Why succulents are great?
 They are great because they stay green all year round and can survive in lots of conditions as long as you use the right soil. Succulents are a little bit pricey so make sure you have  all the information of how to look after them. This would also make a great centre piece for your garden table.

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 If you are on a budget maybe can’t afford to buy expensive pretty pots you can simply take a terracotta pot which are really inexpensive and spray paint them or use a waterproof paint. Dip dye pots or ombre in pastel colours bring a spring pop of colour to your garden.

If you want a English country style garden maybe have a patio area and want to have some pots why not use baskets this will give you the instant cute country effect. I think hydrangeas or roses would look really nice in these. You will need plants with a bit of body to them which will fill out the baskets or you can do a display using lots of different flowers.

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Another way of planting is using an old fruit or veg carrier and plant them up. I have these in my garden and really love the way they look. Use and interesting mixes of different colour and types of plants to create depth and interest in the display mixing short, tall, big and small plants. Of course these will not look great all year round but if you want to add an instant pop of colour and impact for spring this is a great way.

Bushels of Spring Flowers - on #SMP here: http://www.StyleMePretty.com/2014/04/08/romantic-french-chateau-wedding/ Erich McVey Photography - erichmcvey.com

I hope this has given you some ideas of how you can get your garden ready for spring, Click on the images and they will take you to the websites where I found them. I wanted to put together a collection of ideas which I will be doing this spring, I am so looking forward for the weather getting nicer so I can get out in the garden and start planting.

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